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Mar 7, 2018

In this "Women in weather" podcast celebrating International Women's Day, we consider the considerable achievements of many women in weather but also discuss the obstacles that still remain for women working in the scientific sector.  

We spoke to seven meteorologists, climate scientists, education and outreach officers and managers about their career paths. We asked them about the issues they may have faced as women in the workplace, including the issue of short-term contracts in academia, job-shares, and maternity leave. How we can encourage more women to ask questions at events, and how we can actively inspire more young girls to fully participate in, and choose, STEM professions?

Our seven speakers are:

  • Professor Ellie Highwood, Professor of Climate Physics, University of Reading
  • Professor Liz Bentley, Chief Executive, Royal Meteorological Society
  • Jennie Campbell, Consultant & Former CEO at MeteoGroup,
  • Dr Cat Muller, Head of Public Engagement, Royal Meteorological Society
  • Dr Sylvia Knight, Head of Education, Royal Meteorological Society
  • Felicity Liggins, Outreach Manager, Met Office
  • Dr Lindsay Bennett, Instrument Scientist, National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS)

Our membership is open to everyone and anyone with an interest in weather and climate, whether that be as a science, profession or interest. We have over 3,300 members from more than 50 countries that includes academics, scientists and professional meteorologists as well as students and keen weather enthusiasts.

The Society's programmes are broad and diverse, with many activities accessible not only to members, but also to the general public and the wider meteorological and climate community. For more information on our charitable activities and events visit our website at

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